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The U.S. Open’s top-tier tennis matches are a chance for the fashion set to celebrate the last days of summer, as we prepare for the month-long marathon of runway shows ahead. Back in June at the Resort collections, we witnessed an uptick in kicky skirts and stretchy sheaths that would fit right in at the tournament. For our date courtside, we’d like to be wearing a deep green pleated leather mini from Alexander Wang or Viktor & Rolf’s flouncy thigh-grazer. As for the courts themselves, we could imagine trendsetting players like the Williams sisters, Ana Ivanovic, or Caroline Wozniacki (sadly, Maria Sharapova withdrew from the tournament last minute due to a shoulder injury) sporting Opening Ceremony’s sporty set or Preen’s fit-and-flare frock during a pre-match warm-up. Positively smashing.
After a much-discussed debut at London fashion week last season, Rihanna for River Island is back in all its sporty, sexed-up glory. The Fall range—the first delivery of which will hit River Island stores and Opening Ceremony on September 12—offers lots of camo, boxy crop tops, stripes galore, hip-high slits, and a slew of gymwear gone glam. In November, the winter collection—which marks the final installment of Rihanna and co-designer Adam Selman’s collaboration with the retailer—will roll out with holiday looks and cozier items. Although, knowing RiRi, the cold-weather wares will be no less flesh-baring. Above, take a peek at the Fall campaign, which, lensed by Lachlan Bailey and styled by Mel Ottenberg, stars Ji Hye Park, Natasha Kusakina, Milou Van Groesen, and Tati Cotliar. Continue Reading “RiRi Round Two” »
Opening Ceremony‘s world tour in style has taken it to Japan, Korea, the U.K., and Argentina. For its latest cultural tourism via fashion import, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim turned their attention to Belgium. For fall 2013, Opening Ceremony welcomes a new crop of Belgium-based designers to its ranks, many for the first time.
The timing is good. Fashion is in the grips of Belgo-mania, it seems. (I don’t say that just because I’ve contrived to make two trips to Antwerp in the past year.) Raf Simons may be going from strength to strength at Dior, but he’s helming the French-est of French lines from his native Antwerp. His namesake men’s collection will soon be on O.C.’s shelves. (He also sat down with Leon for a long interview coming soon to the store’s blog.) Dries Van Noten, one of the original members of the Belgian craze’s first wave in the eighties as part of the Antwerp Six, will be honored with a retrospective at Paris’ Musée Galliera this spring; before then, his men’s and women’s collections will come to O.C. for fall. Belgian cult favorite Veronique Branquinho returned from semi-retirement last season. Her work will be on offer, too. So will that of Belgium’s established lions, many of them underappreciated and understocked in the U.S. (Walter Van Beirendonck, Stephan Schneider), and of many of its up-and-coming guard (Woolmark winner Christian Wijnants, knit line Chauncey, former Cacharel designer Cédric Charlier). Leon and Lim even selected their favorites of the graduating class of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.
“It has been especially exciting to put together this yearly focus, because we have the icons and the new masters of Belgium fashion as well as the fresh, young talents all in store,” they said.
Antwerp-born, Paris-based accessories designer Niels Peeraer specializes in creating a beauteous breed of wearable madness—and leather is his weapon of choice. “I love the toughness of it, the way it moves, and its natural charm,” he says. Through his namesake line, which he launched in 2011 after concluding his studies in fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Peeraer brings an innocent happiness to everyday life. “There can never be enough bows, never enough cuteness!” he says, adding that his brand’s mantra is, “There is no limit to cuteness.”
Peeraer morphs his leathers into clean bags, caps, and headpieces, most of which are garnished with multidimensional leather bows and subtle brass finishes. Aimed toward a savvy, young clientele who is looking for something “extra,” Peeraer’s wares are currently available at on-the-pulse retailers like RA in Paris and Antwerp, and Opening Ceremony in New York and L.A.
For his Fall ’13 collection, the designer looked to traditional Chinese opera and its tenacious female leads, known as huadan. “I try to give seasonal refreshments in the design and lots of detail, while still keeping a certain practicality concerning volume: something I miss in bags from big maisons, ” Peeraer says.
Next on the designer’s agenda is his Spring ’14 collection. He hopes to introduce a new bag series that prioritizes beauty over seasonal trends.